Srinagar: People of Gund-Goshi area in Kupwara district are protesting the occupation of a public health centre by soldiers of the army.
The army has not only occupied the building but also installed several bunkers around it.
Gund-Goshi is just three kilometers from the main Kupwara town. Residents say that construction of a new-type primary health centre in their area was started two years ago after a long public struggle for it.
The construction had reached near completion and the building was to be soon taken over by the health department. But in the first week of December, a group of army soldiers reached the area and completely occupied the building, storing all their equipment in it.
People of Gund-Goshi said that the army had dug several bunkers around the building and soldiers were not allowing anyone to walk near the area.
Residents said that there is also a government high school near the building and students and teachers, especially females, are facing problems in attending to the school.
A senior official in the health department said the primary health centre had been functioning in a two-room private house and the government constructed a new 12-room building, but army soldiers have now occupied it, which is a matter of concern.
Chief Medical Officer Kupwara Dr Zakir Hussain told Kashmir Reader that the matter had been taken up with Deputy Commissioner Kupwara and he hoped that the DC would resolve the issue.
“Yes, the army occupied one of our under-construction health centres in Gund-Goshi area a few days ago. We approached the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara and he is resolving the issue. But till that time, the army will not vacate the building,” the CMO said.